Kensington Aldridge Academy
The Foundation is delighted to be lead sponsor of the Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), working with co-sponsor the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and our educational partners Charterhouse School, Godolphin and Latimer School, The Royal Academy of Dance and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
KAA received planning permission on 26th September 2012 after extensive consultation with community stakeholders. It will be a brand new school, opening with the first group of 11 year olds (Year 7) in September 2014. A local community school for boys and girls, the Academy will have 900 places for 11-16 year olds and a sixth form for up to 240 when fully open. KAA is a state school and will adopt the Royal Borough's admissions criteria. There will be no selection by ability or religion.
Construction work started on the new Academy buildings in March 2013 and in April David Benson's appointment as Principal Designate was announced.
The Academy will specialise in Performing and Creative Arts, and have a focus on entrepreneurship, providing the community with an entrepreneurship hub within the north Kensington area - a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood.
The Academy will build strong links with our main feeder primary schools and, uniquely within the area, will provide a Borough-wide resource centre for students on the autistic spectrum disorder continuum.
The Sponsors' joint vision is to deliver high standards of attainment, building on success already achieved in neighbouring primary schools. The Academy will nurture entrepreneurial skills and attitudes, develop self-confidence, reflection and problem-solving skills, and encourage students to be active citizens. It will design and provide individual learning plans with an emphasis on numeracy, literacy, ICT and communication. All students will be given progression targets to develop independent learning and ambition. A full range of courses and qualifications will ensure the aim of achieving the highest academic standards for every student.
The proposed new Kensington Aldridge Academy will create an environment where learning is valued, improving the life-chances of its students, and result in considerable and far-reaching improvements for the whole of the local community.
You can get a feel for the exciting design of the Academy from these images of the architect's scale model of the school and surrounding buildings.
To learn more about the project please visit http://www.kensingtonaldridgeacademy.co.uk/.
Click the link to view the latest Kensington Academy & Leisure Centre Joint Project Newsletter .